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The following is information for those wishing to do retreat or spend time at Lawudo gompa.

Primarily Lawudo is the home of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s family. Secondly it functions as a beautiful and very blessed Himalayan refuge for those who wish to meditate. With these purposes in mind we hope the following information will be of some help in planning your visit and during your time there.

Please observe the 5 precepts during your stay.

  • No killing
  • No stealing
  • No sexual activity
  • No lying
  • No intoxicants ( including tobacco)

The daily cost per person per day with 3 meals including tea, hot water for drinking and hot water for a shower or washing clothes, charging phones, wifi, all included is USD $30 or the equivalent in Nepalese rupees. Your stay needs to be paid for in Nepalese rupees at Lawudo. Best is to bring the Nepalese rupees with you from Kathmandu. There are 2 ATMs and some banks with foreign exchange in Lukla and Namche Bazaar but the ATM will only dispense NRS 10,000 or 15,000 each time with a fee for each transaction.

Be aware that the accommodation and facilities are still quite basic, although things have improved considerably over the last years, and we are always working on upgrading.

It is helpful to remember that every thing has to be carried up, there is no little shop just around the corner as we are used to.

That's why it is important that you bring with you all your supplies, such as extra food, snacks, medicines, supplements, toilet paper, napkins, washing soap, etc. You can buy everything you need in Namche Bazaar and bring it from there. Also if you plan to do a retreat, please bring with you whatever is needed for the retreat such as cookies for tormas, etc. If you run out of any items it may be possible to get them in Namche Bazaar if someone is going but this takes time.

Lawudo has a well stocked library.

Wifi is available in Library area only.

What to Bring

  • Good walking shoes are necessary.
  • Trekking poles are indispensable in providing support and stability especially on those knee-pounding descents.
  • If you plan to be there during the winter (October to February) a good quality four season sleeping bag is necessary as are warm socks, thermal underwear, a warm hat, and warm cloths in general, it gets very cold. ( In case, sleeping bags are available and we have enough blankets.
  • During the monsoon (June to September) a rain jacket with a hood is a must and a small collapsible umbrella is also very useful.
  • A down jacket is good to have no matter what time of the year you are there as it is always cold at night.
  • At Lawudo's altitude the burning power of the sun is strong (except during monsoon) make sure you have a pair of good sunglasses, a hat and maximum protection sun
  • A rechargeable Torch (flashlight) 
  • Water Bottle, a Thermos Flask
  • A camera, the views are stunning, except during monsoon.
  • A small medical kit containing plasters for cuts and also for foot blisters, tablets for headaches, (at this altitude it is common to suffer for headaches for the first few days), and medicine for stomach problems like diarrhea and constipation.

Please help to keep the environment clean

  • Please carry out all used batteries, etc.
  • In order to avoid the danger of fire please do not burn incense in any wall cracks; use a bowl with sand. Please do not burn candles directly on wood, use a candle holder, plate or flat rock.

We hope that your stay will be enjoyable and rewarding, if you would like to contact us with any questions or comments on your experience of Lawudo please write to Lawudo

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Lawudo Retreat Center is an FPMT Center. For more details visit the FPMT web site

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition is an international, non-profit organization, founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The Foundation is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service. We provide integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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